Newcastle International Airport has announced that scheduled flights will resume on June 1.

Loganair will commence six flights per week to Aberdeen and KLM five flights per week to Amsterdam.

In the second half of June, easyJet will commence up to four flights a week to Belfast, Eastern Airways up to six flights per week to Aberdeen and double-daily weekday flights to Southampton. Loganair will add an additional six flights per week to Southampton and Air France up to five flights every week to Paris.

Ryanair is also expected to commence two flights per week to Alicante.

Further flights are scheduled to begin operating throughout July and August.

A number of safety measures are being introduced:

  • Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or who has a member of their household self-isolating should not go to the airport.

  • Only car parks without human touch points will be in operation.

  • A trial of temperature testing technology will be undertaken.

  • Face masks must be worn within the terminal building.

  • Only passengers and staff to enter the terminal.

  • Intensive cleaning and hygiene regime throughout the building.

  • Two metre social distancing enforced where possible.

  • Initially, there will be no shops or restaurants in operation.

  • COVID-19 prevention training for all customer facing staff.

  • Specific measures to ensure the safety of all staff.

Newcastle International is expecting government guidance for aviation to be published in the near future and say measures will be updated accordingly.

This has been a very challenging period for aviation so it is pleasing that we are now taking cautious and carefully planned steps forward. We will continue to work with the government, our airlines and other business partners to ensure our customers and employees are as safe as possible.

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport

The Confederation of British Industry said the re-opening of the airport is "vital".

Commenting on the news, CBI North East Regional Director Sarah Glendinning said:

Now more than ever, unlocking our aviation capacity to deliver global trade links is critical for a strong UK economy. This will help us build back better and revive our regional economy.

CBI

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